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Feature

Fundraiser: Trussel Trust

Machine Mind Records and Flatland Frequencies are running a fundraiser for the Trussell Trust, a UK charity that provides foodbanks for those that need them. 100% of money received from sales of copies and downloads of the Jeran Portis album from last year, Sound and Vibrations, will be donated. In these turbulent times we need to stand together, so please give generously.

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Premiere

PREMIERE: OverworX – You Better Know

Overworx – Release: 10th April 2020

Amidst the bleak lockdowns, the echoing mantras of “stay indoors” and other rituals that present themselves in our newly enforced climate, art and creativity take on new meaning and importance.

Cookie-cutter dance music and bandwagon-hopping DJs have been ruthlessly sucked out the airlock, floating in limbo and directionless. Luckily for us, it appears the realness is surviving, like mutated roots waiting to bust through the veneer and grow back harder and more twisted than before.

Utopian future or dystopian state. Whatever happens post-virus, you can be sure Ben Pest will be providing the gritty, fucked-up soundtrack.

Pre-order here

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Audio Mix

Electro Techno Essentials – April 2020

Jeran Portis presents a selection of the finest forthcoming and recent electro, techno and acid tracks to find their way to us through the Flatland Frequencies inbox. Expect experimental but floor-friendly electro from Second Storey, deep and driving techno from the Anti Patriot and an amazingly epic builder of a track by Architectural.

Tracklist:

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Culture Film

The Sound of Belgium

What’s the connection between fairground organ music, roadside cafes and hardcore techno? This film documents the various musical and hedonistic trends that shaped a small nation and went on to shape the musical styles of the world.

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Review Techno

Anti-Patriot – Ideology

Sonic Mind – Release: 17th April 2020

Four tracks of thoughtful, hard and overdriven techno grooves in that distinctive Kalamazoo style.

From the press release: “The artist, known only as Anti Patriot lives everywhere and nowhere in particular. In fact no one knows where he/she is from. What we do know is they don’t agree with a lot of things their country does, from its leaders to the mass media and even some citizens, especially in these modern times”

Audio clips below:

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Electro Review

Assembler Code – Generator EP

Censor.Music – Release: 20th March 2020

We can now reveal the two mystery tracks in our Electro Essentials – February 2020 mix. Both were from this now released EP from Assembler Code. Track titles are Monochrome and Generator.

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Audio Mix

Working From Home – Corona Virus Pandemic Lockdown Selection

In these strange times of covid19 pandemic-related isolation and measures of enforced lockdown, we need sounds to keep us sane and self-motivated. Here is a Spotify playlist to help you get through a day working at home.

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Ambient Review

Stephen Prince – ‘The Corn Mother: Night Wraths’

A Year In The Country – Release: 16th March 2020

Eerie electronica, characterised by distant synthetic messages and spindly environmental noise. The latest offering from A Year In The Country, continues with earthy drones and odd folklore in both it’s sound design and accompanying Novella.

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Aesthetics Culture Politics

Music and Rebellion

Arnold Schoenberg – Six Little Piano Pieces

Can popular music be subversive? According to the critical theorist Theodore Adorno the answer is firmly, ‘no’. The reasons for this are related to the structure of contemporary society itself; “We live in a society of commodities—that is, a society in which production of goods is taking place, not primarily to satisfy human wants and needs, but for profit. Human needs are satisfied only incidentally, as it were. This basic condition of production affects the form of the product as well as the human interrelationships.” A Social Critique of Radio Music – Adorno

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Ambient Audio Premiere

PREMIERE: Polypores – Lune

Release: 18th March 2020

Polypores gives us an exclusive full track premiere from their upcoming ‘Piano Dismantled’ album.